Turning Down the Volume

Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she has laid an asteroid.

Mark Twain

Have you ever noticed how loud our politicians are? I think they must believe that the louder they say something, the truer it must be. Or maybe they just believe that's what the voters believe - so they are very, very loud.

It's the same way in my chosen profession. Many preachers seem to think that they must yell whenever they have an important point to make, but experience has proved something else to me. I have noticed that the best way to make an important point is to lower the volume a notch or two. This does two things: First, it allows those who wish to sleep to continue to sleep. Second, and more important, speaking in softer tones causes those who wish to listen to lean forward and perk up their ears (as opposed to backing up and covering them).

So, the next time you hear someone yelling, be it politician or preacher, ask yourself this question: What is so wrong with their message that they feel they must shove it down your throats with volume? The fact is that those who seek the truth will find it, even when it's whispered. Further, those who are perceptive will know better than to believe the lie, even if it is broadcast at high volumes over loudspeakers.

The quiet words of the wise are to be heeded more than the shouts of a ruler of fools. Solomon

Ecclesiastes 9:17, NIV